Eighth grader Dylan Thomas is the recipient of a Delaware regional Gold Key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Dylan is one of 240 teens in the Delaware region to receive recognition for his original work of poetry, titled “Solos,” and one of 10 Gold Key winners in poetry.
Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and administered by the Diamond State Branch of the National League of American Pen Women, the Scholastic Awards give teens in grades 7 – 12 (ages 13 and up) from public, private or home schools the opportunity to compete in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.
Since the program’s founding in 1923, the Awards have fostered the creativity and talent of millions of students and boast a distinguished list of alumni including Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Stephen King and Lena Dunham, all of whom received recognition in the Awards when they were teens.
“I’ve never won an award like this before, so it was a pretty satisfying feeling” says Thomas, who says the inspiration for the collection of five poems came from his social studies class at TJS.
“We were examining Time magazines from the 1960’s, and I felt like a lot of the turmoil from that time was being paralleled in our world today.”
An awards ceremony was held at Delaware State University on February 9, and Thomas’ work is currently being reviewed at the national level in New York City by panels of creative professionals. National Medalists selected by these panelists will be announced in March.
“We are incredibly proud of Dylan and are thrilled that his poetry was recognized as the most outstanding work submitted among his peers,” says Connie Hendricks, head of school at TJS. “We wish him the best of luck in the national competition.”
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